Makawao is Definitely a Wow

One of my favorite towns on Maui was Makawao. According to, one of the most popular rodeos in Hawaii occurs there on July fourth. “Paniolos” were the first cowboys in the United States. Long before there were cowboys in the Old West, paniolos came to Hawaii in the early 1800’s from Mexico to teach the Hawaiians how to herd cattle. We didn’t see much evidence of cowboys, but we did see some great boutiques and art galleries. . . .

Makawao boutiques

A boutique called Collections is housed in an old garage.


You can see touches of the garage in the ceiling and doors:


garage doors   tray

They sell all kinds of stuff there, from handpainted chip clips. . .

chip clips

to patchwork chairs,


hand towels with a message,

hand towels

beautiful picture frames,

picture frame

to brightly colored linens.

linen towels

We really liked another boutique, but I’m sorry I didn’t take note of the name. I loved the lighting in this place:

star lights

Again, an eclectic selection.


makawao shoes

No photos in the art galleries, of course, but I was happy with what I got.

I should mention that the drive to Makawao takes you through the Upcountry part of Maui where you can see rolling green foothills of the Haleakala volcano and the ocean at the same time:

Upcountry Maui

A belated Happy Mother’s Day!


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12 Responses to Makawao is Definitely a Wow

  1. Caroline says:

    I like the lights in that place as well but many of those boutiques have things I like… They seem to have loads of different fabrics.

  2. TBM says:

    That is funny that the first cowboys were in Hawaii…I didn’t know that.

  3. Caroline says:

    I’m not working this week and this is where I will be tomorrow. I hope it’s nice weather and I’ll make a few photos.

  4. I love the hand painted items. It makes everything feel so homey and personal instead of the generic stuff you get in most stores.

  5. Patti says:

    Those star lights are amazing! I want one – or five!
    Funny how I never thought of Hawaii as a place where you could buy stuff like quilts and chip clips : )

  6. Cheryl says:

    How fascinating that the paniolos pre-date cowboys from the wild, wild west! I must, must, must get to Hawaii … it’s on the bucket list. Great photos, Carole, as always!

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